Mark Diacono

Mark Diacono


Mark is one of the country’s foremost food writers, known for his original take on all things edible. His A Year at Otter Farm, published in 2014, won the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year; A Taste of the Unexpected won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year 2011; and The New Kitchen Garden was published this spring. Mark has also written three River Cottage Handbooks, and is one of the authors of the forthcoming River Cottage Bible. He has won numerous Garden Media Guild awards for his writing and photography.

His unique smallholding, Otter Farm, is home to orchards of – among many other things – pecans, peaches, almonds, Szechuan pepper, apricots, a vineyard and the most delicious varieties of vegetables and herbs.  His idea is not only pioneering, it is also beautifully sustainable – taking advantage of climate change to grow low carbon food helps arrest its acceleration. It also means he’s lucky enough to spend most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. Mark has now established his gardening and cookery school at Otter Farm, as well as running the blog relating all its daily joys.

He writes regular features for the Daily Telegraph, occasionally for the Observer, the Guardian and a host of other publications, and has a monthly column in The Simple Things. Mark’s award-winning Otter Farm blog has run for 10 years, has many thousands of followers.

Mark also led the Garden Team at River Cottage, appearing in the TV series, running courses and events at River Cottage HQ. He is one of the authors of the widely popular River Cottage series, of which the most recent is River Cottage A-Z: Our Favourite Ingredients and How to Cook Thempublished in September 2016.

Mark Diacono @MarkDiacono

We can’t wait to welcome, the brilliant @kitchenbee to #AFF2019. Bee will be teaming up with a top panel of food experts to discuss “The Way We Eat Now” from her brilliant eponymous book…

(and by binary I meant splitting the world into right/wrong obvs)

These last two days on here, so many binary blokes creating imagined dichotomies to exercise their ego. Jeez

Amazing independent #nurseries, I would love to incorporate the following plants into the sensory garden and communal plant areas of the #allotment therapy site:
Raspberry Canes
Strawberry plants
Lavender bushes
Culinary herbs

Can you support in any way please?

Very sad to hear of the passing of Professor Martin Wolfe. A true pioneer, doing vital vital work. Delighted that he passed the baton to the next generation and that his work is continuing across the country.

Still no money for 4.5 million kids in poverty, the schools who now have to close part of the week, understaffed A&Es where people die waiting on trolleys, the record number of homeless etc.
Good news though. There will be more money for the DUP.

A timely read on St Patrick's Day. Irish writers and their acquaintance with 'the dark'

One of the few without an agenda and who talks sense about what we eat:

Hey Twitter
Last night @MaryWilson1789 entire seed library was stolen out the back of her car in ST Werburghs.
There in a box that’s says Peter nyssen on.
If any one sees them or made a mistake please get in contact with us.
It’s many years work and means a lot to us
Please RT

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